In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Warning: in many cases the key meanings in . For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The + Kanji are ordered in a specific order. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones. Study the Japanese characters with James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” method, and review with kanji flashcards.

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As to kanji and components. Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language.

How long does this it take rememberlng complete RTK? Repeat these steps everyday until you finish the book. In fact, the phonetic markers are unhelpful or useless for a large portion: Then I discovered Anki and RTK and did RTK1 but without using stories for some reason, but I imagine I’d have been just as well served by sticking with learning to my original method but switching the notebook out for Anki.

These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty.

Remember the kanji

I’ve heard negative opinions about learning Kanji this way though etymology. Heisig rememberkng gives us an opportunity to take advantage of our maturity and learn in a way more suited to the developed brain.

That’s what the thread is about, alternatives. I prefer to have a printed copy over a digital one, but anything will work. Login Register Login Username: The sixth kanjl includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji. For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given.


The only other alternative I know of is the traditional Japanese way. The majority of the new kanji are introduced according to their traditional radical.

A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.

Hisig kanji koohii account. That’s why I did RTK: Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. Dear qwertyytrewq, I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization. I see a reasonable number of people on the Internet criticizing RTK.

The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book. Basically I am learning Kanji, hanzi and pinyin hsisig the same time.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

Optional step that will maximize results: This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. Why are you being such a sheep can fellow Heisig’s way as if it is God’s way and any criticism of his approach is branded “nasty”? This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own. From there on out it makes sense to just create Anki decks with the stuff you need to learn.

Since it’s for Japanese people, I’m guessing that they learn Kanji from most common e.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form. That is less than half of the time!

The advantage is that you see Kanji in its natural habitat and in context. Sorry for my survival English. The series is available in English, Spanish and German. Kanken is the most obvious alternative method to me. I’m talking about fully-fleshed out methods, from start to finish.


I heard that at Oxford university the Japanese language students are just told to learn a week or something. Peace to you all, Japanese lovers. In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories.

If that is so, then the advantage of this method for non-Japanese foreigners is that people can learn the most common and useful Kanji first and rememberinv use it immediately. However, in cases where heeisig reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. They slave away with pen and pencil, day after day, drawing every stroke of these bastards until the characters have been burned into their humble little craniums.

Probably not beforebut now rfmembering RTK exists, maybe they rmeembering give up when they know there’s a better alternative. Installation instructions are right under the download button. In order to aid recall, flash cards like Anki is used. Some of them actually do a good job of explaining radicals. Mr Heisig calls it ‘turkey’, I’d rather call it the Japanese way. The other disadvantage is that you’re simply looking up the Kanji, not actually studying them closely the same way you would do with RTK.

Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. Your brain will start to associate the characters with the readings you learn, finally completing the circle of kanji knowledge.